Every year we celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10 October, not to be confused with Mental Health Awareness Week which was back in May. Each year a new theme is chosen by the World Foundation of Mental Health, and this years theme is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’.
World Mental Health Day is about raising awareness of mental health and driving positive change for everyone’s mental health. It’s also a chance to talk about mental health, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to get help if you are struggling.
Research shows that talking is good for your mental health, and that’s why this year Tea & Talk events are being held around the country, encouraging people to come together with friends, family or colleagues and have an open and honest conversation around mental health.
Talking is good for your mental health. And talking about mental health is important. But starting a conversation isn’t always easy. If you’d like to talk to someone about how you’re feeling here are some tips that can help.
1. Choose someone you trust to talk to
This might be a friend, family member or a teacher. Or you might be more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know, for example, a therapist, counsellor or through a support helpline. If you aren't sure about this then it can help to do a pros and cons list about talking to someone vs not talking to someone.
2. Plan the best place to talk
It’s important to choose a place where you feel comfortable and safe enough to open-up. You might want to choose somewhere private where you’re less likely to be disturbed and no one else is around if you get upset. You also might want to talk while you do an activity, like walking together or gardening which can help settle some nerves.
3. Consider that they will have a reaction
Hopefully, you will have a good experience when you open-up to someone. However there’s a chance that they may not react in the way you hope. This may be for different reasons, like they may be worried, not in a good place themselves or not fully understand at first. If that’s the case, try to give them time to process what you’ve told them.
It might help to give them information to read to help them understand, which a therapist can usually provide. And don’t forget to be kind to yourself and practice self-care. Another persons opinion isn't a reflection on you or your worth, it comes from their thoughts and beliefs.
If you are struggling and would like to speak to me then you can contact me to either start the conversation through email or schedule a free consultation call to learn more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and whether it can help you.
* Information taken from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/. For further information on Tea and Talk events see here https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/get-involved/events-and-fundraising/do-your-own-fundraising/tea-talk-world-mental-health-day